Location: Huanchaco, Peru
Interested in spending a month in Peru excavating an ancient town?
The field school provides students with training in archaeological excavation and laboratory methods as well as instruction in the prehistory of Peru. The program begins with workshops on archaeological field and lab methods. After this, students work 5 days a week excavating noble and commoner households at the site of Quebrada Leon, an ancient Moche town located in the foothills of the Andes. Dating to AD 400–700, the site has well-preserved households containing Moche fineware pottery, stone tools, and metal objects. Through excavation, analysis, readings, and group discussions, we examine how ethnicity, class, and economic relationships are manifested in household remains. In addition, on Saturdays Dr. Brian Billman conducts tours of local museums and archaeological sites, including Chan Chan and Huaca de la Luna. The program includes a 3-day trip to the historic town of Cajamarca, high in the northern Andes of Peru.
In addition, MOCHE, Inc. seeks highly motivated interns for the MOCHE Rapid Response Crews. Crews are deployed to document and preserve endangered archaeological sites in the Moche Valley. Crews survey some of Peru’s most important archaeological sites and work with local communities to preserve those sites. Interns work long, hard hours with minimal supervision. Interns must be fast learners, flexible in outlook, dedicated, and work well in teams. A typical day involves extreme hikes to extraordinary archaeological sites over often dangerous trails in the foothills of the Andes. Applicants must be physically fit and mentally tough. The internship is a professional position, not a field school. Previous archaeological field experience or an archaeological field school is required.
The internship fee is $1,250 and covers basic lodging, meals 6 days a week, & training. Interns can add a group tour of Cuzco and Machu Picchu at the end of the internship. Scholarships available.
Period(s) of Occupation: Moche Period (AD 400-700)
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
The field school is based in the pleasant beach town and fishing village of Huanchaco, a few miles outside of Trujillo, a large city on the north coast of Peru. Students live in a rental house in Huanchaco and receive 6 group meals a week.